Monthly Archives: December 2018

Extreme contract demands could leave viewers in the dark

Though TDS has never gone dark with any major network, Nexstar Broadcasting Inc., (Nexstar), may refuse to allow BendBroadband/TDS to retransmit some local stations. Despite TDS’ best efforts at keeping these stations on, BendBroadband customers in the Madras, Crooked River Ranch and Prineville areas may find that KOIN (CBS, Decades and getTV) could no longer be retransmitted on the BendBroadband lineup starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, when the current contract expires.

At the core of the issue is retransmission consent contracts, which are often renegotiated at this time of year. These contracts affect many markets and stations across the country, and price increases are fairly standard. However, in this case, Nexstar is demanding increases far outside the norm–up to 175% for continued carriage of one of their stations. BendBroadband/TDS feels it is important to protect our customers from unreasonable rate hikes like these. The goal is to continue negotiations until a fair agreement can be reached.

Nexstar’s on-air and website communications to customers have been misleading, stating that “TDS is threatening to take away your local stations.” In fact, TDS is not threatening to take down stations, but prefers to continue to keep them on while both parties continue to negotiate. If TDS and Nexstar cannot reach an agreement, it is Nexstar that could force BendBroadband/TDS to take the stations down until a new contract is reached.

If BendBroadband/TDS is forced to remove KOIN (CBS, Decades, and getTV), Nexstar is demonstrating that they value their corporate profits more than their viewers. However, BendBroadband/TDS will continue to work diligently to negotiate for reasonable rates and terms to bring these stations back to the BendBroadband lineup.

We want to hear from you! To share your thoughts about channel negotiations, you can provide feedback on the contract negotiations at our Keep Rates Reasonable survey.

You can also take action by calling Nexstar and let them know you would like to see them offer a reasonable rate at (503) 464-0600.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to negotiate on your behalf.

To learn more about the contract negotiations, please go to: https://bendbroadband.com/tvupdates

 

HSCO Thrift Store: Great deals, cause

HSCO Thrift Store: Great deals, cause

Humane Society of Central Oregon Thrift Store is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. During our December Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring local nonprofits on our website, and social media sites. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central… Continue Reading

Preparing children for school

Preparing children for school

Healthy Beginnings is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. During our December Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring local nonprofits on our website, and social media sites. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central Oregon a better place.… Continue Reading

5 winter weekend getaways in Oregon

While the warm, summer months dominate the travel and tourism department, colder temperatures still have a lot to offer. Don’t let winter weather keep you indoors and at home. Here are five perfect winter weekend getaways to consider this year. 1. Looking for some fresh powder? Get your skiing or snowboarding fix at Mt. Bachelor… Continue Reading

Therapeautic horseback training changes lives

Therapeautic horseback training changes lives

The Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central Oregon a better place. Healing Reins provides horse-centered therapies and activities for children and adults with emotional and physical… Continue Reading

Huge rate increase could lead to station takedowns in Madras, Crooked River Ranch and Prineville

Local cable customers could lose CBS programming and shows on the Decades Network if BendBroadband and TDS® do not reach an agreement with Nexstar Media Group by Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Nexstar is demanding up to a 130% rate increase for the same content available today on your TV. We certainly understand that prices increase over… Continue Reading

Holiday giving and BendBroadband go hand-in-hand

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another – Charles Dickens All across our markets, TDS and BendBroadband employees are providing joy this holiday season.  Everything from riding along on a TDS float in the Christmas Parade, donating food to the local pantry, sponsoring Santa’s Workshop, and providing non-profit organizations… Continue Reading

Building homes, providing hope: Sisters Habitat for Humanity

Building homes, providing hope: Sisters Habitat for Humanity

The Sisters Habitat for Humanity is one of more than 40 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. During our December Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring local nonprofits on our website, and social media sites. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that make Central Oregon… Continue Reading

Check TV Updates page for important customer info

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to remind you that the BendBroadband TV updates page is your one-stop informational resource to learn about possible changes that could impact your TV service. When you visit, you’ll find information about negotiations, channel lineup changes, rate changes, and even get the scoop on industry fees. Our… Continue Reading